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Obama to Seek Congressional Approval for Syrian attack (Video)

The U.S. attack in Syria will target and destroy Assad's delivery systems for his chemical weapons.
Obama said he would wait for Congress to debate and decide on the proper punishment for the Syrian regime. But Congress is scheduled to reconvene only on Monday, Sept. 9. How inconvenient. Some media reports say lawmakers may return earlier to mull action against Syria.

Obama said he would wait for Congress to debate and decide on the proper punishment for the Syrian regime. But Congress is scheduled to reconvene only on Monday, Sept. 9. How inconvenient. Some media reports say lawmakers may return earlier to mull action against Syria.

The U.S. President Barack Obama, in a Rose Garden speech Saturday, presented a ‘powerful case’ that the Syrian government was behind a chemical weapons attack and, adding that he will seek approval from Congress to act against Syria.

Obama acknowledged that Americans are weary of war, but warned that there are costs to doing nothing in this case.

“We are prepared to strike whenever we choose,” he said.

IDF sources have told Kol Israel that they expect the American attack on Syria will start in the next few days. But that’s not going to happen, since Congress is not yet in session.

Congress is scheduled to reconvene Monday, Sept. 9, but media reports say they are considering returning early to debate action against Syria.

The same sources emphasize that Syria will not retaliate with an attack on Israel. Let’s hope their information is better on this one.

IDF Chief of Staff, Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz said on Thursday that should Israel be attacked, it is clear to all the world leaders that the cost to the Syrians would be heavy and the enemy losses would be painful and severe.

According to Lt. Gen. Gantz, Israeli citizens should feel free to continue safely with their daily routines and engage in preparation for the High Holidays.

Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon spoke on Friday with Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel who had just returned to Washington from a visit to Asia. Hagel has also spoken with France’s defense minister.

Israeli soldiers construct a military field camp near the border with Syria, Friday, on August 30, 2013. Photo credit: Gili Yaari/Fllash 90

Israeli soldiers construct a military field camp near the border with Syria, Friday, on August 30, 2013. Photo credit: Gili Yaari/Fllash 90

Fox News cites sources saying the U.S. attack in Syria will extend beyond Damascus, targeting and destroying President Bashar al-Assad’s delivery systems for his arsenal of chemical weapons.

The U.S. strike will spare the Assad presidential palace and Syrian government buildings, according to those sources. One of the reasons is that those facilities have long since been evacuated.

On Friday, President Barack Obama said he had not yet made a decision. But he said not reacting forcefully to a massive use of chemical weapons would be a danger to U.S. national security and a sign that the world was “paralyzed” in the face of mass killing.

“A lot of people think something should be done, but nobody wants to do it,” Obama said. He acknowledged, as he did again Saturday, that the world feels about a new war a “certain weariness, given Afghanistan,” but failed to mention Thursday’s parliamentary vote in Britain, which took that country’s army out of the equation.

And, to seal the deal, on Friday the White House released a four-page report saying U.S. intelligence had concluded with “high confidence,” based on intercepted communications, overhead surveillance, videos and witness statements, that Assad’s government had planned, authorized and carried out the August 21 nerve-gas attack near Damascus.

In a speech Friday, Secretary of State John Kerry said the gas attack killed at least 1,429 Syrians, 426 of them children.



About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.


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10 Responses to “Obama to Seek Congressional Approval for Syrian attack (Video)”

  1. =
    Looks like in spite of the 100.000 deads in Syria,
    Obama throw in to Assad a lifebuoy preserver And
    allows him to proceed in the race to the million.

  2. Joseph Ezkosheez says:

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    Looks like in spite of the 100.000 deads in Syria,
    Obama throw in to Assad a lifebuoy preserver And
    allows him to proceed in the race to the million.

  3. TO THOSE THAT VOTED FOR PRESIDENT OBAMA, THIS IS WHAT YOU GET.

    ATTACK IRAN NOT SYRIA. CAN ISRAEL RELY ON OBAMA? RABBI DR. BERNHARD ROSENBERG, FORMERLY CHAIRMAN RABBIS FOR ROMNEY. I WARNED YOU.

  4. Iran is the cancer, Syria is the symptom RABBI DR. BERNHARD ROSENBERG

  5. Cody Flecker says:

    I can only imagine just how many years you served in the military fighting in any number of wars that the USA fought in. Now you are going against the Republicans who are not in session like the Democrats from rushing into another idiotic fracas that could only end in disaster for the USA. Your boy king-Messiah Obama opened his mouth, and said nothing as usual. Thank God for that. Imagine if he actually said something worthwhile.

  6. Cody Flecker says:

    I can only imagine just how many years you served in the military fighting in any number of wars that the USA fought in. Now you are going against the Republicans who are not in session like the Democrats from rushing into another idiotic fracas that could only end in disaster for the USA. Your boy king-Messiah Obama opened his mouth, and said nothing as usual. Thank God for that. Imagine if he actually said something worthwhile.

  7. The big mouth of Obama is puting in danger the whole world becouse of his failings Midle East and american policies, Obama once for all not to leasen congress but leasten your public which voted for you not to get involved in the Syrian affairs, let the kill each other.

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